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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

POL Program Calendar - 2016 - 2017

POL Program Calendar - 2016 - 2017

Date Milestone
May 1 - Oct. 7              Open registration period. All participating teachers must register by 5 pm, October 7, 2016 The form must be filled out every single year and emailed to Chris Stewart.
Sept. - Oct. Toolkits sent out to interested teachers/schools.
Oct. - Dec. 16 Classroom preparation and school competitions; school winner reporting form provided
**Dec. 16** Deadline to report the First, second, and third place school level winners to the MSAC by 5 pm, December 16, 2016
 

THREE (3) poems per competitor must be reported. Per NEA requirements:

  • One must be 25 lines or less
  • One must be pre-20th Century
  • Note: one poem may fulfill both requirements, leaving the second and third choices "free" poems from the approved POLwebsite list.

ALL THREE POEMS MUST BE REPORTED ON THE SCHOOL WINNER REPORTING FORM OR THE FORM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AND THE STUDENT DISQUALIFIED. The form will be provided in November.

Note: students should choose the order of the poems carefully. The third poem will only be recited if the student advances to the regional and/or regional and state competitions in the semi-final round. Once the order is chosen at the school level, that decision is final throughout the rest of the competition.

Once the winners are reported, the second place winner may only substitute if the first place winner has an illness or emergency and if the POL Director is given two week's notice. Last minute substitutions cannot be accommodated.

No substitutions are made for the state competitions. Students and teachers should put all competitions, including Nationals, on their calendars and confirm with students that they may attend all dates should they advance.

If a student cannot make even just one of these competitions, he/she should not compete.

**Month of February**

Regional competitions held on Saturdays. DATES/LOCATIONS MAY BE FOUND here.

The same two poems used at county competitions will be recited in the same order. The third poem will be recited should the student reach the semi-final round.

REGION ONE: (February 25, 2017) Allegany, Baltimore County, Carroll, Frederick, Washington Counties

REGION TWO: (February 11, 2017) Calvert, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, St. Mary's Counties

REGION THREE: (February 4, 2017)Anne Arundel, Caroline, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester

WILD CARD: (February 18, 2017) Any school that did not register by the deadline. One winner from this competition will advance to State Finals. The competition will be held in Baltimore City, central to all.

Note: These county assignments are subject to change, depending on the location of registered schools each year.

Feb. 25 Deadline for completion of regional competitions and names of winners decided for the State Finals.
**Saturday,  March 18, 2017**

State Poetry Out Loud Semi-finals and Finals at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
10 Art Museum Dr., Baltimore, Maryland 21218. (443) 573-1700

Participants should arrive no later than 12:00 pm for a rehearsal, interviews, photos and sound/light check. Judges should arrive no later than 12:30 pm. 

March 18 Deadline for MSAC to report State Winner to NEA. 
March 18 Deadline for Maryland State Champion to register for National Finals. (The MD State Champion will have to register immediately.)
April 24-26 National Poetry Out Loud Finals held in Washington, DC. at Lisner Auditorium.